The novel is continuing, slowly. I must admit, I’m not enjoying the process of writing it as much as I would like. Some days I have to force myself to turn up, so to speak.

I’ve asked myself many times what the problem is. I think it comes down to this: writing a first draft is just hard work, however you look at it. Particularly if you don’t begin with a clear plan. It isn’t supposed to be easy.

It’s hard to motivate oneself when you know that you will be changing large swathes of what you are producing to make it fit for human consumption. But that’s the process. Write, revise, re-write and so on. Time consuming but hopefully worth it in the end.

I wonder if this is how all writers feel? I suspect some people genuinely enjoy their work every day. Don’t get me wrong: I still love writing. It doesn’t have to be pure joy every time I sit down to it. Sometimes it can just be work.

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  1. I agree. I love writing but committing the time to write and actually doing it when you aren’t in the mood and insured can be hard work. It’s more of a job and less spontaneous but necessary if you want to finish a book. I’m focused on art projects at the moment so the only writing and research I’m doing at the moment is related to that. Good luck with your project. I look forward to reading it one day.


  2. Gotta be honest, Karen. I only managed to write three or four paragraphs of my usher-solves-crime novel before it…..err…..fizzled out. And I don’t believe I can resurrect it ‘cos I’m more of a flash fiction kinda guy. I don’t have the oomph for anything longet. So you’re light years ahead of me.

    Don’t be too hard on yourself.


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